Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

kanchanjunga base camp trek

Kanchenjunga, if you don’t know, is the third highest mountain in the world standing 8586 meters tall. The snow giant of Kanchenjunga lies in eastern Nepal. The mountain borders with Sikkim, a place in India.

Trekking to the base camp of Kanchenjunga is one of the most beautiful experiences you’ll have in your lifetime. Mt. Kanchenjunga is an amazingly beautiful mountain that makes a perfect trekking and climbing destination.

Kanchenjunga is a beautiful blessing of nature: it is filled with incredible natural diversities. During Kanchenjunga base camp trekking, you’ll undoubtedly see the amazing eastern Himalayan arrays in Nepal. Along with that, you will witness some mesmerizing rivers, waterfalls, grasslands, glaciers, and beautiful terrains.

The region is also rich in biodiversity and wildlife. Trekking through the untouched remote trekking trails of Kanchenjunga, you’ll walk across beautifully scattered plant species. Also, there are chances that you will see some amazing wildlife species. If you are lucky, you’ll also see some rare animals like the Snow Leopard and ironically the mystic creature Yeti.

Only the natural amazements aren’t sufficient to define Kanchenjunga base camp trek. The trek is filled with cultural amazements also. While trekking through the small and beautiful villages in Kanchenjunga, you’ll know how splendid is the ancient traditions and culture there. Since the place is remote and untouched by modernism, people still practice their ancient lifestyle. They have their own unique culture and social norms.

Some of the major ethnic groups that you’ll come across during Kanchenjunga trekking are the Rai and the Limbus. You’ll see how harmonious and peacefully they balance their lifestyle in such a wilderness.

Kanchenjunga Trek

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

  • Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world.
  • The amazing Himalayas and striking glaciers.
  • The wide summer meadows.
  • The base camps of Kanchenjunga: both the north and south ones.
  • The less trodden wild trekking trails.
  • Incredibly diverse nature and culture.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Height

There are two base camps of Kanchenjunga: The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp and The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

The Kanchenjunga North base camp also called Pang Pema is at an altitude of 5140 meters. Whereas, the Kanchenjunga south base camp is lower than the northern base camp. It is situated at an altitude of 4610 meters.

Is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Difficult?

Kanchenjunga trekking is a remote and restricted area trekking in Nepal. Unlike the popular treks likeEverest base camp and Annapurna base camp trek, Kanchenjunga trekking is a less popular trek route. 

It is because of the remoteness of Kanchenjunga and the unavailability of teahouses and homestays for accommodation that makes the trek tougher.

Besides, altitude is a factor that adds difficulty. With altitude comes the risk of altitude sickness. Take precautions against altitude sickness as you go above 2500 meters.

Health and hygiene is something that you should strictly look upon while trekking in Kanchenjunga. Trekkers easily fall sick if they don’t pay attention to their food and drinks.

Weather and temperature become frequently variating as one moves to the higher altitudes. So, you should bring adequate trekking gear while you trek.

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Itinerary

kanchanjunga base camp trek

Kanchenjunga North is the most popular base camp for trekking. The itinerary is as follows:

Day 01: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. Drive to Ilam in a Night Bus

The sightseeing in Kathmandu includes visiting some of the popular UNESCO World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Some of them are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Changunarayan Temple, and a few others.

After a full day sightseeing, we will ride on a night bus to Ilam.

Day 02: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung, Ranipul

From Ilam, we will drive for nearly 7 hours to Ranipul, Taplejung. From there, we will start to trek. We will walk for around 30 minutes to Sakathum. Overnight there.

Day 03: Trek from Sakathum to Amjilosa

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Highest Altitude: 2490 meters

Starting from Sakathum, we will trek via the incredibly beautiful trekking trails to Amjilosa. The walk is easy and enjoyable. Overnight in Amjilosa.

Day 04: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Highest Altitude: 2730 meters

On this day, we will walk via the beautiful trekking trails from Amjilosa leading us to Gyabla. The trail is scenic and quiet. Enjoy the walk. Overnight in Gyabla.

Day 05: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3410m)

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Highest Altitude: 3410 meters

Remember, we are gradually gaining altitude. Be careful while you walk from Gyabla to Ghunsa. The trail is highly scenic. Walking through the remote trails is a uniquely satisfying experience. After walking for about five hours from Gyabla, we will reach Ghunsa. Overnight there.

Day 06: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

Acclimatization in Ghunsa is mandatory. You will be reaching higher altitudes on the days to come. You might have to claim a full stop to your trek if your body cannot cope with the increasing altitude. On the rest day, we will take short hikes to nearby places. This will help our body to get acquainted with the lower oxygen.

Day 07: Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Highest Altitude: 4050 meters

Today, you will be exceeding the 4000 meters. Trek slow. Enjoy the astounding Himalayan views. The tranquility, the incredible fragrance of nature, and that awesome bonding! You’ll love it. Drink plenty of water. Walk slowly and gradually. Overnight at Kambachen in a tent.

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Khambachen

Here comes an acclimatization day, soon again. This acclimatization day at Kambachen is a lovable one. On this day, you can hike for 5 to 6 hours to Nupchu Pokhari. Or, you can hike to Mt. Janu viewpoint from where you’ll get the majestic glimpse of Mt. Janu. Hiking to Janu viewpoint will take four hours appx.

Day 09: Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Highest Altitude: 4780 meters

Day nine, and you are closest to the north base camp of Kanchenjunga. Tomorrow, you will reach the base camp itself. You will be sleeping at a really high altitude today. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Overnight in your tent at the campsite in Lhonak.

Day 10: Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, Pang Pema

Trek Duration: 3 hours

Highest Altitude: 5140 meters

Trekking to the base camp is full of excitement and adventures. You will see the incredible Himalayas in your proximity. Finally, you are taking steps ahead towards your destination. How would it feel?

The north base camp of Kanchenjunga is a place where you would like to stay forever if you could. Enjoy your moment on the lap of giant Mt. Kanchenjunga. Overnight at the base camp.

Day 11: Trek from Kanchenjunga North Base Camp ( Pang Pema) to Khambachen

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Now that you’ve reached the base camp, it’s time to hike down. Trekkers tend to hurry and thus get injured mostly on their way back. So, you must walk carefully while you trek back. Walkthrough the peaceful trekking trails to Kambachen. Overnight there.

Day 12: Trek from Khambachen to Ghunsa

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

On this day, you will follow back your footsteps to Ghunsa. Rejoice the incredibly splendid natural vistas as you trek down. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 13: Trek from Ghunsa to Amjilosa

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

It’s again a long day. We will start early after a happy breakfast. We will walk through the beautiful forests and settlements to Amjilosa. Amjilosa is a place where there are the Tibetan inhabitants. You’ll see several Gumbas there. Overnight there.

Day 14: Trek fro Amjilosa to Sakathum

Trek Duration: 5 hours

From Amjilosa, we will trek to Sukathum. There is a small market and some lodges in Sukathum. We will stay in one of them.

Day 15: Trek from Sakathum to Ilam (1120m)

Trek Duration: 7 hours

You walk for seven hours from Sakathum to Ilam and you will not have to walk anymore. This is the last day. Tomorrow, we will be driving back to Kathmandu. Ilam is a really beautiful place with a pleasing weather and huge tea gardens.

Overnight at a lodge in Ilam.

Day 16: Drive from Ilam to Kathmandu

So finally, the trek ends as we drive from Ilam to Kathmandu. It will take us nearly nine hours to drive back to Kathmandu.

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek

Day 01: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

This day is the same as before. We will visit some of the world-famous UNESCO Heritage Sites during the day. While in the evening, we will take a night bus to Ilam.

Day 02: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung and Lalikharka (2420 meters)

On the second day, we will take a drive from Ilam to Taplejung. From there, we will again take another ride to a place called Lali Kharka. The place is popular for wide pastures. Overnight in Lali Kharka.

Day 03: Lalikharka to Khesewa

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2120 meters

We will start early in the morning after a nice breakfast at Lali Kharka. The first day of trek is easy and is beautiful. Today, we will be trekking to a lower altitude place, Khesewa. Overnight there.

Day 04: Kheseuwa to Pumpe Dada (1785m)

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1785 meters

You might not believe me but instead of gaining altitude, we will trek to a lesser altitude. The trek is long but is easy and enjoyable. From Kheseuwa, we will be trekking to a ridge top called Pumpe Dada. Overnight there.

Day 05: Trek from Pumpe Dada to Yamphudin (2080m),

Trek Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2080 meters

From Pumpe Dada, we will follow the highly scenic trekking trail towards Yamphudin. The trail is peaceful. You will have a wonderful time with nature. The trek is short, it will only take two to three hours to reach Yamphuudin. Overnight there.

Day 06: Trek from Yamphudin to Tortong (2995m)

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2995 meters

We will start after a warm breakfast in Yamphudin. Walking towards Tortong, you can enjoy the mesmerizing landscapes, green forests, and wide blue skies. The trekking trail is peaceful, the best one for nature lovers. Finally, after a long day, you will reach your shelter for the day, Tortong.

Day 07: Trek from Tortong to Tseram ( Cheram) and hike up to Lake (3870m)

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3870 meters

So basically, day seven of Kanchenjunga base camp south is a really exciting one. On the first part of the trek, we will be starting after breakfast from Tortong. From Tortong, trekking over the remote and rugged trails, we will make it to Tseram. At Tseram, we will have our lunch.

After that, we will hike through the mesmerizing trails to a lake at this really high altitude of 3870 meters. Overnight in a camp.

Day 08: Trek from Tseram to Ramche and explore Yalung Glacier (4580m)

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4580 meters

Finally! The day has come. On this day, you will be trekking to the south base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The trails from Tseram to Ramche, the base camp is amazing! The gigantic peak so near, the stunning Yalung glacier,… and everything. Overnight in Ramche.

Day 09: Rest day for exploration around Ramche and Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4730m)

This day is basically an exploration day. We will be exploring around the base camp and the Yalung glacier. Walking around the glacier as it spreads its icy fingers towards us is amazing. After an exciting and pleasing day, we will stay overnight there.

Day 10: Retreat trek from Ramche to Tortong (2995m)

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2995 meters

After exploring the south base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga, we will begin trekking back. On this day, we will walk down to Tortong from Ramche. Be careful while you hurry back. Don’t forget to enjoy your surroundings. You’re gonna miss it all after you get back.

Day 11: Trek from Tortong to Ranipul (1550m)

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1550 meters

And getting back continues. After a nice warm breakfast, we will begin a really long and tiring day. From Tortong, we will follow back the incredible trekking trails. Walking through serene trails, amazing sceneries, small, and remote villages is an awesome feeling. Overnight in Ranipul.

Day 12: Drive from Ranipul to Taplejung (4 hours) and Taplejung to Ilam (1150m)

No more hiking now. From Ranipul, we will drive to Taplejung. The drive is enjoyable. Bumpy ride for nearly 4 hours on the route is exciting as well. Once we arrive in Taplejung, we will have our lunch and will again take a drive to Ilam.

Ilam is a beautiful place with a widely spread Teagarden. The place is also famous for its mild and pleasing weather throughout the year. Overnight in Ilam.

Day 13: Drive from Ilam to Kathmandu

It will take us around 9 complete hours to drive from Ilam to Kathmandu. The drive is scenic and is comfortable. Enjoy!

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek